self portrait and what ifs {day 31}



Happy Reformation Day! that’s the first thing Husbuddy said to me this morning… followed shortly by, we should watch the Luther movie tonight… oh, he is so predictably cute. ha!

today we officially became Pennsylvanians. we gave up our Massachusetts licenses for Pennsylvania ones. our second time trying to do that… but this time a success!  those little photos they take of you at the DMV are really attractive, don’t you think? especially since we went first thing so i was puffy and pregnant looking. how do my cheeks even look pregnant?! *allora*.

but looking at my new drivers license photo made my think that my 31st day should be another self portrait like the 1st day of this crazy challenge. i thought a self portrait was a good choice because i’m thankful for what God is teaching me and working on in me…pregnancy-puffy cheeks and all… and i’m thankful that He called me by name and i am His.

day 31

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” -Isaiah 43:1-3a

“To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” -John 10:3


and there you have it! the 31 days of taking pictures is up! it’s been a quick month, don’t you think? it’s been really good for me to pick up my camera every day and to focus for a second on the things that i should notice all the time. it’s hard to be so intentional and focused, isn’t it? i think that’s one of the most important things i’ve learned these past 31 days. what if i just took 5 or 10 minutes every day just to notice what is going on around me? just to notice what God is doing? how many of us ACTUALLY do that? and what if i thought about it enough to notice the message behind it? what if i let God speak through that “little thing” just for a second?? so many what ifs. and yet for 31 days as i tried to do just that, i realized that there are so many opportunities that i just miss from day to day because i’m not paying attention. so many little gifts that God places in front of me that i just look right over.

i WANT to live a more intentional life. i want to notice the things in life that God places right in front me. what about you?

all it takes is practice.

thanks for being here through these 31 days with me! i hope it inspires you to be more intentional and to see more of what God is doing daily in your own life! i hope that it inspires me to keep living with eyes wide open! now, don’t mind me while i go back to the normal routine of blogging a couple times a week! 31 days in a row was a little tough! but good.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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{this is part of a 31 day series about “Seeing Creatively” through the camera. to see the other 31 posts, click HERE}

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